The 2003 ESPY Awards went off without a hitch Wednesday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Wimbledon champion Serena Williams made off with her first two ESPY's for Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player.
But the real fun was going on backstage where the athletes and celebrities made the rounds with the press and photographers.
Here's a taste of what you didn't see at home.
The $64,000 Question of the Night: Would Kobe Bryant show up? Not even the ESPN honchos knew. But then came the call late afternoon that Kobe would indeed be in attendance -- sort of. He arrived quietly with his wife after the show started and briskly entered the theatre and went straight to his seat. He left before the show ended and did not talk to reporters or visit the backstage press rooms.
Fits like a Glove
"They made it up for me. They thought it would be a good skit to come out here and show everybody, especially here in L.A. and especially since I signed today," Payton said of the newly minted No. 20 jersey. "It was one of those things that I hadn't really thought of, but I thought it would be nice to represent the L.A. area like this. I got a big warm welcome with it."
For Payton, it's the third NBA jersey he has worn in the past four months -- after wearing only the uniform of the Seattle SuperSonics for the first 13-plus seasons of his NBA career and then spending the final months of the 2002-03 season with Milwaukee.
"It's fine -- as long as it will only be three," Payton said of the change. "I wore one (jersey) for two months, and one for 13 years, but this one, I think, is going to be the end. To come here and be in this Lakers jersey is going to be a great feeling."
Welcome to L.A.
Hail to the (Actor Portraying the) Chief
Haysbert felt right at home during the show as fellow 24 castmembers Keifer Sutherland and Elisha Cuthbert were also presenters.
Workin' the Room
When asked who he would like to trade places with, Lopez said "I'd like to be Serena Williams' dress. Seriously, I'd like to be her double-stick tape in my next life."
Dress, Check. Earrings, Check. Shoes . . .